Record Store Day at Tengu

Loose Ends Pop Up Record Shop


After acquiring three substantial job lots of some serious records we felt that the only right thing to do is to launch Loose Ends pop up shop on Record Store Day 2018. For our first big day out we’ll be taking over the beer garden in Tengu which in our opinion is one of Dublin’s finest venues. We’ll have DJ’s on the day including Mike Black, Flukey Flukes, Richard Felle and Al Murphy who’ll be laying down Funk and Disco all day long. This is a free event and will run from 2pm until 6.30pm.

We’ve been digging through the collection for the past two weeks and we’ll be putting out some quality House records along with a splash of Funk and Disco. Check out the links below to have a little glimpse of what we’ll have in the stacks on the day, we’re literally only scratching the surface here!


Loose Ends Selectors #3 – Island Times

Loose Ends Selectors #3 – Island Times

Cathal aka Island Times grew up in suburbs of Galway city. Discovering sample-based hip hop in his early there lead him in the direction of the obscure funk and soul records that he’s playing today. He has been a resident DJ at Electric Garden in Galway for the past 2 years. A great club that has quality DJs playing regularly, locals like Epoch and The Disconauts as well as international acts and DJ’s  like Sadar Bahar and Antal. Moving to Dublin in 2015 he met Pablo of Fatty Fatty Phonographics and put out a track on their most recent record “International Disco Mafia”. Cathal joined the Telephones collective in Dublin and recently played his first headline gig in the city at Yamamori Tengu earlier this month. Keep an eye out for original productions from Island Times that are set to be released later this the year and early next year!

We heard your track Alive and Kickin’ on Fatty Fatty Phonographics. Do you have anymore releases in the pipeline? 

Yeah, have some house tracks that I’ve been working on for a bit coming out but I can’t say too much just yet. One of which is still up on my YouTube channel, so you can check it out over there before I have to take it down. That one will be coming out on a friend’s label soon. Also, have another edit lined up for Fatty Fatty for their next release.

What record could you not live without?

Ah, There’s actually too many haha! There’s this one record I picked up a couple of years back that I had been looking for for ages. It’s called Ago – For You. It’s a killer Italo disco on the Fulltime label and every single track on the LP is a beast. Definitely one that never leaves the bag!

Who is your favourite DJ/Producer?

DJ wise I’d have to say either Red Greg or Sadar Bahar. They’re just super nice guys and amazing DJ’s. If either of those names are on the bill you just know it’s going to be a good time. Producer wise I would have to say Patrick Adams or Roy Ayers. I tend to buy anything I come across that has their names in the credits.

Electric Garden is an amazing venue. What makes that spot special for you?

Having a place like that in Galway really helped me and it’s probably the place that got me in to DJ’ing in the first place. Whether it’s seeing one of the sick residents or an international booking, it really is the main spot in the city. Very happy and grateful that they let me play these old records all night up in the Garden every so often!

Where’s your favourite DJ booth in Dublin to play records?

I’d have to say downstairs at Yamamori Tengu. Solid sound system, always a nice crowd and great vibe.

Favourite record shop?

In Dublin, Spindizzy or Record Spot I would say. Will always find something special when I go in. Really good spots for going through the second-hand crates. As for anywhere else – just any shop that looks like a mess. The places that don’t know what they have are the gold mines! You just have to spend the time in those shops to find the good bits.

What’s your go to track to get the party going?

I’d have to say Candido – Dancin’ And Prancin’. It just works every time!

A question we love ask! Moodymann or Theo?

For a DJ set I’d have to say Theo, a good long 4+ hour set and you can’t go wrong. But for tracks, it’s close, but I’d have to say Moodymann.


Loose Ends Selectors #2 – Dave Moloney

Dave grew up in Oola, a small village in Co. Limerick. His parents were in a band and records were always played in the house, through some cousins he discovered hip hop and groups like The Prodigy. It didn’t take long until he was buying records regularly, starting out with trance and progressive before finding the deeper sounds of house music.

It was going out in Limerick a little later on, and going to nights like WTF in Baker’s Place (RIP) and meeting like minded music fiends that he heard the music that has stayed in his bag and close to his heart, US House and Techno, disco and funk.

Dave is a regular at the backwardS parties, either on the dance floor or behind the decks and feels like it is a place that he’s lucky to be a part of, with a great crew of people.

“The idea for this mix was to be an introduction to Spring. We’ve had a very, very long winter and I think we all need a little warmth in our lives after it all!”

What’s your favourite funk/disco track?
It’s always changing, but right now it’s Aquarian Dream – It Ain’t Whatcha Say

Can you explain what Yurt means for the rest of the country!
Yurt means yes, although I’m not from the city so I’ve never said it in my life!

What bit of hardware do you like the most?
Well I have an MPC 1000 but I’m ashamed to say I’ve barely used it, all in good time though.

Moodymann or Theo?
That’s a tough one! I definitely own more Theo records, but that’s only cos he represses all the time. Both are incredibly unique, I gotta go with Moody though, there’s something lurking in the depths of Moody’s tracks!

Favourite record shop?
Plugd in Cork has always been great, I haven’t been since they moved though. Road trip is on the cards 😉

If you had to pick a “last tune” for a set what would it be?
For a proper wind down I’d go with Harlem River Drive by Bobbi Humphrey

Where the best venue to DJ at in Limerick?
Hands down backwardS, there’s nothing else quite like it. I’m excited about the Record Room, a new venue only recently opened. I haven’t played there, yet!

This is a tough one! What’s you favourite record out of your collection?
Horrible making me choose, but if pushed I’d have to go with Falling Up by Theo Parrish, heard it many times over the years but it was on the dance floor at a backwardS party. Frawl played it new years a couple of years back and it swept me away that night. It’s a proper masterpiece.

Loose Ends Selectors #1 – Robotalco

Pic: Riccardo Fantoni Montana

Born in 1980, Sebastiano is from Vico Equense, a small town on the Gulf of Naples.

Growing up in the outskirts of Milan, dividing his time between the south and the north part of the City,
he falls in love with Hip Hop culture in the early 90s, during the so called “Golden Age”.

In 1994 he starts to buy his first rap and house records, the latter becoming his long lasting love.
Thanx to a neighbour’s turntable, the first mixtapes are about to come (cassette only), under the name Seby, and handing them out to each and every record store in Milan, felt like the natural thing to do.

Around 2008 disco music was coming back strong and the first official release, for Red Music is out. The chosen name: Club Silencio. After this, a slew of other vinyl, edits and rmxs have been released for the likes of Thisisnotanexit, Slow Motion, Tigersushi, I’m a cliché, to name a few.

In 2009 he starts a new ghost side project, that eventually will become his best and most notorious one, named Robotalco.

The sound is definitely a leap forward and leaning towards deeper vibes. As Robotalco he released music for Home taping is killing Music, On The Prowl, Seven Music, ECSTASY and many more.

Reckless digger, his music research is constantly evolving, and he can count on an incredible vinyl collection of various genres, always having a strong root in the black music scene.

Parallel to his dj and production jobs, he started a new label with some other friends and artists called Getwet, and he co- hosts a bimonthly radio show on Milan best new platform, Radio Raheem.


Pic: Riccardo Fantoni Montana

Who are your favourite DJ’s?

Well, there are a lot of great DJ’s out there but to sum up my main influences i can name Ricky Montanari, Master at Work, Theo Parrish & Trevor Jackson

Robotalco is a really cool name. How did you come up with it?

It sounds funny, a mispronunciation of the italian word “Borotalco” wich means Baby Powder

You have put out a lot of music. What releases do you have coming out?

I just dropped a track called “No More Disco” on a Various EP for a new cool Swedish label called Lyssna ( and I also have a couple of releases under my new side project “Fake Congas” (with Luca Fontaneto from Minimal Afrika) will be out soon.

What’s the clubbing scene like in Milan?

Oh that’s a tough one, well, in my opinion Milan (and Italy in general) it’s full of great dj’s & producers but there is not a real scene, i don’t know why, probably because we don’t support each other like we should and we put the whole attention on the same big DJ names, a bit boring!

What’s your favourite Italian dish/food?

Hands down, Parmigiana di Melanzane (eggplants Parmigiana)

When you’re making music what’s your favourite piece of hardware that you always go to?

I don’t use so much hardware gear in my studio too much actually but i love the gritty sampling sound so my Akai MPC i guess.

Tell me a bit about GetWet?

GetWet Music is an independent VINYL/TAPE label i co-run with some dear friends of mine, we made 6 releases and i’m very proud of our catalogue, from Boogie Disco & House Music to Experimental Jazz & Idm, check our bandcamp page – – actually i’m working on the next one with Minimal Afrika, stay tuned 🙂

What track do you love the most?

Oh another difficult question, i don’t know really but recently i’ve discovered a tape called “Fruits of Zion” by “Tribe of Colin” (2015) and i love it.